Costume crews and volunteers for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater created giant white angel wings to help shield funeral mourners from having to see anti-gay protestors.
They began making the rigs and sewing the fabric days ago in time for funerals resulting from the mass shooting at one of the Florida city’s gay nightclubs.
People also showed up to the funeral with huge rainbow flags to ensure family members of the victim would not have to see the hate-filled signs waved by members from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.
In the end, police ushered the protestors from the site to cheers from the hundreds gathered to support the family.
The idea for the large wings dates back years to the 1998 Matthew Shepard killing in Wyoming and has been used at various funerals since then.
At Orlando counter-protest, angels wearing large wings ensure Westboro protesters don't disrupt the funeral proper. pic.twitter.com/QLBZyDrj1F— David Hand (@Ptolemarch) June 18, 2016
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